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correspondent byron york joins us. what was that? >> first, that was an image of a rich man urinating on a group of poor people, but it was an 8-minute video and it begins with a once possible upon a tif fairy tale where things were wonderful and the rich caused the economic collapse which caused so much suffering in 2008, 9, 10. it's a political commercial. if you go to this website of the california federation of teachers, click on it. it says oh, please send this to pruyour friends and please click this and you put in your zip code, it has a prewritten e-mail for you to send your member of congress or your senator a note saying please vote to return the top marc marginal income tax rao pre2001 levels. it's a commercial designed to make sure that the bush tax cuts for the top bracket expire. >> greta: all right. here's the interesting thing. it's a california federation of teachers that's releasing it. california can now show the nation because california now after this election i has a democratic governor and their house and their senator are super majorities. >> not only are they democ
will ultimately say uncle. conservative columnist byron york, a very smart guy, wrote, quote, republicans will cave on the question of raising the tax rate for the highest income americans. the only question is whether they do so before or after the government goes over the so-called fiscal cliff. "new york times" columnist david brooks describes it this way. republicans will be raising middle class taxes in order to serve the rich. shafting sam's club to benefit the country club. if republicans do this, they might as well get mitt romney's 47% comments printed on t-shirts and wear them for the rest of their lives. so republicans have to realize they're going to have to cave on tax rates. the only question is what they get in return. michael steele is former chair of the republican national committee and an msnbc political analyst, and steve mcmahon's a democratic strategist. michael, you're on the republican side, and what do you think of that? the argument made by brooks which is more sophisticated. make your deal now while you can get something for it because after january
byron york writes, quote, republicans will cave. part of the reason for the shift is the president is staying strong on this issue. he did just -- he did that to just now and won an election. also, americans are saying clearly who they blame if the two sides don't reach a deal before the end of the year. take a look at this. a new poll shows republicans will take the blame if a deal isn't reached and we go over the fiscal cliff. 53% say it's on republicans. half that, 27%, will blame the president. this is progress. this is change. if president obama can break republicans on tax increases, this could redefine american politics. it would help to change our politics in very important ways. and who knows what else may be possible. joining me now is krystal ball and richard wolffe. thank you for being here tonight. >> thanks, reverend. >> thanks, reverend. krystal, how big a moment will it be if the president gets the republicans to cave on tax increases? >> i mean, it really is sort of hard to understate how significant that would be. it would es seshlgsentially mar end of when george w.
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